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Kurunmäki, J. (2019). The making of 'Swedish democracy': Anti-aristocratic, royalist, reformist and exemplary. Journal of Modern European History, 17(2), 147-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The making of 'Swedish democracy': Anti-aristocratic, royalist, reformist and exemplary
2019 (English)In: Journal of Modern European History, ISSN 1611-8944, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 147-160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the formation and use of the notion of the ancient origins of Swedish democracy before the Second World War. A commonplace of the early rhetoric on the ancient origins of Swedish democracy was its reference to an anti-aristocratic tradition, despite the variety of political positions that the rhetoric served. It was the leitmotif of the first sporadic notions of a democratic past in the 18th century, it was the main topic of the romantic idealisation of a coalition between the monarch and the peasants, and it served as an argument in struggles over suffrage reforms and parliamentary government. When parliamentary democracy was institutionally established, the 'aristocracy' lost its central place in the rhetoric of a Swedish democratic tradition. At the same time, the notion of a coalition between the people and the monarch was revised to a more non-specific notion of the common interest between the people and the government. In the context of the rise of totalitarianism, a 'Swedish' and 'Nordic' democratic tradition was employed as a rhetorical means of defending existing political institutions in the country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Ancient, democracy, modern, Nordic, political tradition, Sweden
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38115 (URN)10.1177/1611894419835746 (DOI)000464522300003 ()2-s2.0-85063938398 (Scopus ID)
Note

This research was conducted while the author worked on the projects 'Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State' (NaDeWe), funded by Academy of Finland, and 'Statsnatten i ny belysning: politisk kultur i Finland ur ett transnationellt perspektiv, 1809-1863', funded by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland.

Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-05-09Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. & Marjanen, J. (2018). A Rhetorical View of Isms: An Introduction. Journal of Political Ideologies, 23(3), 241-255
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Rhetorical View of Isms: An Introduction
2018 (English)In: Journal of Political Ideologies, ISSN 1356-9317, E-ISSN 1469-9613, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 241-255Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The article highlights the prominence of ism concepts in everyday and scholarly languages worldwide and presents a conceptual history and rhetorical perspective on how to study them. It also serves as an introduction to this special issue, which contributes to linguistically oriented research on political ideologies and transnational intellectual history. Although isms have gained some attention in connection with the study of ideas in history, political ideologies and theoretical discussions on analytical categories in scholarship, they have rarely been the main target of research. By focusing on the rhetorical use of ism concepts as a whole, the article directs new attention to the rhetorical potential of the use of isms in political controversies, the translation of isms and the alleged universal character of isms. The article suggests a new way of analysing political ideas, ideologies and analytical categories by applying a contextually sensitive understanding of the ism as words and their rhetorical use. It also presents an agenda for the study of isms globally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37240 (URN)10.1080/13569317.2018.1502939 (DOI)000444259800001 ()2-s2.0-85053188137 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. (2018). A Transnational History of Political Thought and Regional Imagination in the Post-Napoleonic Mediterranean and Beyond. Global Intellectual History, 3(3), 332-338
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Transnational History of Political Thought and Regional Imagination in the Post-Napoleonic Mediterranean and Beyond
2018 (English)In: Global Intellectual History, ISSN 2380-1883, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 332-338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
intellectual history, political thought, Mediterranean liberalism
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34461 (URN)10.1080/23801883.2018.1433284 (DOI)2-s2.0-85066939220 (Scopus ID)
Note

Section in:

Jussi Kurunmäki, Bernard Heyberger, Ada Dialla, Konstantina Zanou & Maurizio Isabella (2018). Mediterranean diasporas: politics and ideas in the long 19th century, Global Intellectual History, 3:3, 331-349, DOI: 10.1080/23801883.2018.1433284

Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. & Marjanen, J. (2018). Begreppshistoria (4. omarb.ed.). In: Göran Bergström, Kristina Boréus (Ed.), Textens mening och makt: Metodbok i samhällsvetenskaplig textanalys (pp. 179-216). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Begreppshistoria
2018 (Swedish)In: Textens mening och makt: Metodbok i samhällsvetenskaplig textanalys / [ed] Göran Bergström, Kristina Boréus, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, 4. omarb., p. 179-216Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018 Edition: 4. omarb.
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37244 (URN)978-91-44-11792-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. & Herrmann, I. (2018). Birthplaces of Democracy: The Rhetoric of Democratic Tradition in Switzerland and Sweden. In: Jussi Kurunmäki, Jepper Nevers, Henk te Velde (Ed.), Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History (pp. 88-112). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Birthplaces of Democracy: The Rhetoric of Democratic Tradition in Switzerland and Sweden
2018 (English)In: Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History / [ed] Jussi Kurunmäki, Jepper Nevers, Henk te Velde, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018, p. 88-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37242 (URN)978-1-78533-847-2 (ISBN)978-1-78533-848-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J., Nevers, J. & te Velde, H. (Eds.). (2018). Democracy in modern Europe: a conceptual history. New York: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Democracy in modern Europe: a conceptual history
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. p. 318
Series
European conceptual history ; 5
Keywords
Europe.
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37256 (URN)978-1-78533-847-2 (ISBN)978-1-78533-848-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J., Nevers, J. & te Velde, H. (2018). Introduction. In: Jussi Kurunmäki, Jepper Nevers, Henk te Velde (Ed.), Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History (pp. 1-15). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2018 (English)In: Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History / [ed] Jussi Kurunmäki, Jepper Nevers, Henk te Velde, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018, p. 1-15Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018
Series
European conceptual history ; 5
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37243 (URN)978-1-78533-847-2 (ISBN)978-1-78533-848-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. & Marjanen, J. (2018). Isms, Ideologies and Setting the Agenda for Public Debate. Journal of Political Ideologies, 23(3), 256-282
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Isms, Ideologies and Setting the Agenda for Public Debate
2018 (English)In: Journal of Political Ideologies, ISSN 1356-9317, E-ISSN 1469-9613, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 256-282Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a long-term account of isms from antiquity to the present. It discusses the spread of isms into nearly all spheres of life and why isms are still perceived as ideological. Based on a combined analysis of word frequencies in large digital libraries and more detailed contextual discussions of patriotism, liberalism, nationalism and totalitarianism, the article studies the emergence of isms and their potential transformation from pejorative labels to concepts of group-identification and analytical categories. Isms have been highlighted as future-oriented concepts on which modern political ideologies were built from the early nineteenth century on. Isms have also been identified as being collectively responsible for the twentieth-century experience that has been conceptualized as totalitarianism. While elaborating the notion of isms as ideological future-oriented 'concepts of movement', the article points out their crucial role in forging historic roots for these modern ideologies as well as for religious and cultural phenomena. By emphasizing the rhetorical potential in using isms as words of abuse, forging traditions for isms and claiming universal applicability to isms, the article provides insight into the constant renegotiation of the relationship between ideologies and isms, a phenomenon that has gained increased topicality in recent decades.

National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37241 (URN)10.1080/13569317.2018.1502941 (DOI)000444259800002 ()2-s2.0-85053206405 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. (2017). Political Representation, Imperial Dependency and Political Transfer: Finland and Sweden 1809-1819. Journal of Modern European History, 15(2), 243-260
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political Representation, Imperial Dependency and Political Transfer: Finland and Sweden 1809-1819
2017 (English)In: Journal of Modern European History, ISSN 1611-8944, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 243-260Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines the post-revolutionary rearrangement in Europe by focusing on the separation of Finland from Sweden. In 1809, the eastern part of the Swedish kingdom became a grand duchy within the autocratically ruled Russian empire. Both Finland and Sweden experienced the constitutional moment which characterised the post-revolutionary and post-Napoleonic Europe, but in very different ways. The Swedish Diet enacted a new written constitution while the Finnish Diet gave its oath to the new emperor, who promised to maintain the laws, privileges and rights of the country. Alexander I might have used the word «constitution» in his speech to the Finnish Estates, but the political status of the grand duchy remained unclear, and it was only in 1863 that the Finnish Diet was called to convene again. In the context of imperial dependency and a lack of established forums for public debate, the article analyses how the issue of political representation was made public in Finland during the first decade of Russian rule. The analysis is based on the ways in which the official newspaper described the new political situation of Finland and reported on political circumstances and parliamentary life in other countries. It is argued that the publication of news from abroad can be seen as an important way of keeping the issue of political representation alive in Finland. It was also a channel for the reception of political concepts. The study discusses the Finnish case in relation to political circumstances in Sweden. The comparative angle draws attention to complex features of the formation of a new polity and a reformation of an old.

Keywords
political representation, conceptual transfer, Finland, Sweden
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Historical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33541 (URN)10.17104/1611-8944-2017-2-243 (DOI)000401429600005 ()2-s2.0-85020848387 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Statsnatten i ny belysning: Politisk kultur i Finland ur ett transnationellt perspektiv 1809-1863
Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2018-04-05Bibliographically approved
Kurunmäki, J. (2016). Challenges of Transnational Regional Democracy: Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, 1991-2015. Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 26(5), 43-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges of Transnational Regional Democracy: Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, 1991-2015
2016 (English)In: Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, ISSN 0940-3566, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 43-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2016
Keywords
transnational democracy, region-building
National Category
Political Science Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33539 (URN)660/42/2013 (Local ID)660/42/2013 (Archive number)660/42/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 660/42/2013
Note

Petri, Rolf (ed.). The Baltic Sea: A Space of Changing Expectations. – Leipzig: Leipziger Univ.-Verl., 2016 (Comparativ; Jg. 26, H. 5) ISBN 978-3-96023-111-0

Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved
Projects
Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region [41/2013_OSS]; Södertörn University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-8089-8468

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